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“Optus RockCorps produces some of the hottest gigs in the music calendar. You can’t buy a ticket. You can’t win a ticket. You have to earn a ticket.”

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Optus RockCorps to bring you fresh content each week. The core aim of Optus RockCorps is to motivate our generation to make a real change in the world and help communities by offering their time. To get involved, all you need to do is donate 4 hours of your time to one of their partner charities, and you’ll score a ticket to the exclusive Optus RockCorps event in Sydney, featuring Tinie Tempah, The Script and Guy Sebastian.

Stay tuned for plenty of new music content on this page over the coming weeks.

What the Optus RockCorps team have been up to…



Optus RockCorps: 5 questions with The Potbelleez

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Wednesday 24 April 2013

AdvertisementLast week we were hanging out at Sydney’s Optus RockCorps to bring to bring you all of the action from in the crowd and backstage.

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Review: Optus RockCorps at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Events on Wednesday 24 April 2013

AdvertisementAfter a hard time working to earn their tickets, the Optus RockCorps volunteers were certainly an excitable bunch. Having to push my way through the packed out line of music lovers waiting to get in, I somehow found my way to the crew entrance and walked into the pavilion.

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Optus RockCorps – 5 questions with The Script

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Wednesday 17 April 2013

Last week we were hanging out at Sydney’s Optus RockCorps to bring to bring you all of the action from in the crowd and backstage.

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SPONSORED: France RockCorps highlights

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 16 March 2013

If you haven’t put up your hand to volunteer four hours of time in exchange for a ticket to the RockCorps gig at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, you really should. Guy Sebastian, The Script and Tinie Tempah are coming to Sydney on April 11 to play a gig for all of the volunteers that […]

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Review: Cat Power at Newcastle Panthers, Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 7 March 2013

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) casually strolled onto stage, cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other. The rain had been pouring down all day, and after a transport hold up on the highway, she was very, very late. It didn’t matter, though. Grabbing the microphone with a cheeky grin, Marshall shouted […]

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SPONSORED: An interview with RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 5 March 2013

RockCorps is starting to kick along nicely here in Australia. With The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian taking to the stage in a matter of months, we had a chat to RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene about all things volunteering and music. LAEM: You’re the CEO of RockCorps. How did you gain that position? SG: […]

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New music by Newcastle songwriter Benjamin Fraser

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By Ainslie Wills in New Music on Saturday 2 March 2013

I first saw Benjamin Fraser play in Newcastle, Australia, in a clothing store by day, music venue and art gallery by night, called Emma Soup. He is a rare kind of talent, able to paint amazing, other-worldly landscapes with his voice and songwriting skills. Newcastle is one of those landscapes.

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Multi-coloured mural by Aussie graff writer Days One

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By LC Beatbox in Video on Thursday 28 February 2013

In this video, Australian graff writer Days One paints a complex multicoloured mural. He’s an incredibly versatile graff writer, able to rock full burners and characters, as well as simple highly stylized letter forms.

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Beatboxers Beardyman, Reeps One and MC Zani having a jam

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By LC Beatbox in Video on Thursday 28 February 2013

This is three beatbox champions, Beardyman, Reeps One and MC Zani, having a jam. Even if you’re not a fan of beatboxing, it’s great to see well-known beatboxers performing together and showcasing their unique beatbox styles. And it’s all for a good cause, too.

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So Frenchy So Chic 2013 compilation

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 26 February 2013

The 2013 So Frenchy So Chic compilation is a winner. Continuing the annual tradition, So Frenchy So Chic 2013 features everyone from Émilie Simon to Lou Doillon. I was even happily surprised by an appearance from Aussie local Julia Stone doing a beautiful duo version of Let’s Forget with the very French Benjamin Biolay. Invite […]

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New music video for We Do Parties by Deerhoof

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Flashing lights, video games, glow sticks, and a giant fake ear. The San Francisco noise band Deerhoof grabbed a bunch of random video clips and mixed them all together to make you want to dance. Their new music video for We Do Parties will make you feel like an ADD kid at an arcade, so […]

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Interview with Australian designer and artist Jane Abma

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Illustration on Monday 18 February 2013

Jane Abma is a talented art director, graphic designer and illustrator from Sydney. Dipping her toes into everything from branding to musical tour posters, Abma is an all-in-one package. We had a chat with her about launching her career, working for Miranda Kerr, and having her own studio. LAEM: How did you get into art/design? […]

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SPONSORED: RockCorps Sydney – 5 minutes with artist Judd Shoppee

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Friday 15 February 2013

We sat down with Sydney artist Judd Shoppee – the man responsible for painting a mural in just four hours at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for Optus RockCorps – to ask five sneaky questions. Loose, simple and fast, that’s his motto and it’s definitely how our chat felt. LAEM: How did you get into painting murals? […]

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SPONSORED: RockCorps Sydney: volunteer video mash-up

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 14 February 2013

RockCorps is really about two things; doing good for the community and music. The powerful combination has worked many times in many locations because of the pure magic that is made when the two combine. One of the volunteer crews from the RockCorps project in France have created this video that combines charity work and […]

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Sia’s stunning video for Soon We’ll Be Found

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 14 February 2013

Sia is one of my favourite Australian musicians, known for her quirky pop songs and voice that makes easy work of big ballads. Way back in 2008, she released a vivid and colourful music video to accompany her song, Soon We’ll Be Found. Incorporating a great deal of sign language, the video never fails to […]

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SPONSORED: RockCorps: Jose’s Story

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By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Thursday 14 February 2013

You know a bit about the Optus RockCorps program in general and a bit about the musicians, but what about the volunteers? What about the people like you? Jose was involved in cleaning up a vacant lot in South Central LA to earn tickets to a Rock Corps event; the video above is his story. […]

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Darkness: the new single from Du Tonic

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By Mighty Mouse in New Music on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Darkness is the first single from a new project I’ve started with Matt Van Schie from Australian band Van She. We met in Parisian club The Social Club in 2010 where we were both DJing. We hit it off and started sending tracks to each other, getting to know each other. Then Matt was working […]

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Interview with Mick Thomas ahead of the Clarkefield Music Festival

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Friday 8 February 2013

Mick Thomas is one of Australia’s great singer/songwriters. Beginning his long and fruitful career with the band Weddings Parties Anything in early 1984, Thomas has gone on to release 11 solo albums. We sat down with him for a chat ahead of the Clarkfield Music Festival, a great initiative to raise funds for the Cambodia […]

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SPONSORED: Optus RockCorps’ Busta Rhymes 2007 flashback

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 7 February 2013

So now that you all know what Optus RockCorps is about, we thought we’d help you make more sense of it by taking you all the way back to 2007, when Busta Rhymes performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. As you can see, the crowd is absolutely lapping it up: and they […]

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St Jerome’s 2013 Laneway Festival

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By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Wednesday 6 February 2013

St Jerome’s 2013 Laneway Festival in Sydney posed a number of questions for the young, hip crowd in attendance to one of the big festivals that sits just off the edge of mainstream. Would it rain on the festival goers? Could gumboots be risked as possible fashionable items anyway? Who would hit it off with […]

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